UK arts organisations such as the English National Opera, Oldham Coliseum, The Watermill, The Gate, Donmar Warehouse, Hampstead Theatre and Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme are amongst those that face losses of up to 100% of their funding, in a move by ACE last week which shocked the industry.
Equity’s General Secretary, Paul W Fleming, called on ACE to rethink the "poorly conceived assault on the workforce" in letters hand delivered to the Chief Executive and North Area Director. Read the letters:
Addressing the crowd outside ACE’s office, Paul stated:
Following Paul’s speech ENO chorus members led a moving rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ which you can catch it on our Instagram.
Online, our members took to social media in droves to defend the institutions affected by the announcements, including actress Maxine Peake who called on followers to save Oldham Coliseum:
The arts are under serious attack. We must save Oldham Coliseum! A fabulous theatre that serves and represents its town so brilliantly! Let’s fight tooth and nail to save our theatres! #saveourtheatres ♥️✊🎭 https://t.co/t1OmHotsMD— Maxine Peake (@MPeakeOfficial) November 11, 2022
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